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City walk Haarlem

City Walk Haarlem

Haarlem is one of the most attractive historical cities in the Netherlands, with a magnificent city skyline. The river Spaarne meanders through the city that is famous for its many courtyards. Follow the pink line on the map of the city centre, to enjoy a fabulous walk.

Tip: The route starts at the Raamvest. Walk along the Grote Houtstraat and onto the Gierstraat, where you can pay a visit to Bagels & Beans (3) for a delicious cappuccino. The Spekstraat is home to De Haerlemse Vlaamse (16), a snack bar that serves tasty Flemish fries. Continue along the pink line on the city map towards the Kleine Houtstraat, and stop at restaurant Aangenaam (11) for fair trade and organic products. Also discover the various craftsmen who have set up shop in this street! The route than takes you past the Gravinnehof , a courtyard designed in 2001 by architect Dolf Floors. On the corner of the Spaarne and the Damstraat you will see De Waag , the city’s weigh house built in 1598. On the Bakenessergracht at the Wijde Appelaarsteeg you will find the entrance to the oldest courtyard in the Netherlands, the Bakenesserkamer which was founded in 1395 by Dirck van Bakenes. Work started in 1370 on the Sint-Bavokerk (on the Klokhuisplein) , one of the largest churches in the Netherlands, which now towers high above the surrounding buildings. Walk a little further and you will be able to admire one of the three panopticons  (circular prisons) in the Netherlands, built in 1899. Now walk towards the Molen de Adriaan (31), the only mill within Haarlem’s city boundaries. This mill was completely destroyed by fire in 1932, but was rebuilt in 2002 in all its former glory. The historical Janskerk , dating back to 1318, today houses the visitor centre of the Noord-Hollands Archief, the regional documentary heritage collection. In the Jansstraat is the Vrouwengasthuis, a former hospital originally founded in 1624. From the pavement-side seating at the Carillon (17) you have a magnificent view of the church of St. Bavo. The Barteljorisstraat is the address of the Museum Corrie ten Boom (49) that attracts visitors from all-round the world keen to see the hiding place above the watchmaker’s shop, where the Christian Ten Boom family offered sanctuary to Jewish families during the war. Carry on down the road past Juwelier Driessen (26) the oldest jeweller’s in Haarlem. Further along the Ursulastraat is the Remonstrantshofje (), a courtyard founded in 1773 by Isabella van Leeuwarden. For a refreshing cup of coffee, stop off at Anne & Max (1) in the Zijlstraat. When you reach the Grote Markt you will find one of Haarlem’s largest historical buildings, the former City Hall built in the 13th century. In the Koningstraat, remember to pay a visit to Haarlem’s leading specialist off-licence, Liquid Gold (14). As you leave here you will have just about reached the end of this city walk.